Thursday, June 30, 2011

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

PHI at TOR 1:07 PM
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 4-4, 3.23
TOR: R Romero (L) 7-7, 2.74

CHW at CHC 2:20 PM
CHW: E Jackson (R) 4-6, 4.13
CHC: R Wells (R) 1-2, 6.25

SFO at DET 7:05 PM
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 4-9, 3.84
DET: B Penny (R) 5-6, 4.66

PIT at WAS 7:05 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 7-4, 3.77
WAS: T Gorzelanny (L) 2-6, 4.18

CLE at CIN 7:10 PM
CLE: J Masterson (R) 5-6, 2.98
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 7-6, 5.01

NYY at NYM 7:10 PM
NYY: I Nova (R) 7-4, 4.26
NYM: J Niese (L) 7-6, 3.67

STL at TAM 7:10 PM
STL: J Westbrook (R) 6-4, 5.32
TAM: W Davis (R) 7-5, 4.32

BAL at ATL 7:35 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 3-9, 3.93
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 10-3, 2.07

FLA at TEX 8:05 PM
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 6-1, 2.82
TEX: A Ogando (R) 7-3, 2.87

BOS at HOU 8:05 PM
BOS: T Wakefield (R) 4-3, 4.54
HOU: B Norris (R) 4-6, 3.36

MIL at MIN 8:10 PM
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 9-4, 3.92
MIN: F Liriano (L) 4-7, 4.98

KAN at COL 8:10 PM
KAN: D Duffy (L) 1-2, 4.61
COL: J Nicasio (R) 2-1, 5.08

LAD at LAA 10:05 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 5-9, 3.10
LAA: T Chatwood (R) 5-4, 3.64

ARI at OAK 10:05 PM
ARI: J Collmenter (R) 4-4, 2.71
OAK: R Harden (R)

SDG at SEA 10:10 PM
SDG: D Moseley (R) 2-7, 3.03
SEA: J Vargas (L) 5-5, 3.88

Dick Enberg says goodbye to Wimbledon

A legend at "The Big W" says goodbye!


Wimbledon:  Enberg’s Finale Marked by “Enberg’s Reflections” Vignettes

Dick Enberg – whose voice, eloquence and enthusiasm, including his signature “Oh, My!”, have graced ESPN’s Wimbledon telecasts since 2004 – is calling his 28th and final fortnight in London.  He first worked the event he calls his favorite in 1979, the first year the men’s final was televised live in the U.S.  To mark the occasion, ESPN2 has been presenting “Enberg’s Reflections” penned by the winner of 13 Sports Emmy Awards – nearly half of them for writing – plus the Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Here’s the first few: daily “Enberg’s Reflections” vignettes.  


Enberg on: The Lure of Wimbledon
This event invariably grabs you.  I had no background in tennis when I first came here in 1979, but quickly learned the emotion expressed by the fans and players is so strong that it envelopes you and you end up caring as much.  The players know that with a win they will be part of tennis history….after all, it’s called ‘The Championships.’”

Enberg on: Writing about Wimbledon
When you are in love with someone, it is easy to write to them.  At Wimbledon, the words come easy to me through that love.”

1972 Wimbledon Champ Stan Smith on Enberg:
When I think of Dick Enberg, I think of class.  This guy has done it with class for over 40 years, not only in tennis, but in other sports.  Wimbledon has a special place in his heart, because we’ve talked about it several times, I was able to be involved at NBC with Dick for five years here at Wimbledon and he always loved being over here, he loved following the tennis, he knew the tennis well, he knew the players well and he is the type of guy, you give him 30 seconds to do a closing of a show and that clock goes in his head and right at 29 he’d be ready to finish and it would be so eloquent as well as informative and it really got the gist of what was happening that day.

“I hope that Dick has a great last year here at Wimbledon.  It’s going to be some special memories for him as he looks back at the best shows he’s ever done and the best matches he’s ever covered.  I know he’s going to be doing baseball in San Diego, so I know he’ll enjoy that as well, but Wimbledon will miss Dick Enberg.” 

Wimbledon & ESPN
ESPN2 and ESPN3.com will conclude live Wimbledon action with the no. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. no. 2 Novak Djokovic Gentlemen’s semifinal Friday, July 1, live at 7 a.m. ET. The other semifinal, no. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. no. 4 Andy Murray, will be reviewed in that evening’s highlights show at 8 p.m.  The finals will be available on ESPN3.com as of late Sunday, July 3, at midnight. Chris Fowler will call the Tsonga-Djokovic match with Darren Cahill.

ESPN 3D will show its first tennis with the Tsonga-Djokovic semifinal match Friday, July 1, live at 7:45 a.m. and will air both semifinals later that day.  Cliff Drysdale and Brad Gilbert will be on the call for both matches on ESPN 3D.  On Monday, July 4, the network will show both finals in the morning with reairs later in the day.

In addition, on Monday, July 4, the 30th anniversary of the match, at 8 p.m. ESPN Classic will show the 1981 Gentlemen’s Final where John McEnroe ended Bjorn Borg’s historic streak of five consecutive championships.  

MLB All-Stars announced on TBS Sunday

From TBS Sports -

2011 MLB All-Star Game Rosters Announced Exclusively on TBS on Sunday, July 3rd at Noon (ET)

Sunday MLB on TBS features Yankees @ Mets at 1 p.m. (ET)


The 2011 American League and National League MLB All-Star teams will be revealed exclusively on TBS on Sunday, July 3rd at Noon (ET) during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. Host Matt Winer will be joined by analysts Dennis Eckersley, Cal Ripken and David Wells to make the announcements and provide analysis on the selections. The show also will feature interviews with All-Star Game managers Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants.



The 2011 MLB All-Star Game will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix on Tuesday, July 12th. The American and National League All-Star Teams will have eight starters elected via the fan balloting program. The pitchers and reserves for both squads will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by All-Star managers Washington and Bochy, in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

Following the show, “Sunday MLB on TBS” will continue at 1 p.m. (ET) when Jose Reyes and the New York Mets host their cross-town rivals Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Freddy Garcia is scheduled to start for the Yankees against the Mets’ probable starter R.A. Dickey. Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analyst) will call the action.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. Beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the four Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

TBS has served as the exclusive home of Major League Baseball’s Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007, has broadcasted MLB games for more than 30 years and was home of the Atlanta Braves from 1977-2007.

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sun., July 3
12 p.m. (ET) 2011 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell
Matt Winer (host), Dennis Eckersley (analyst), Cal Ripken (analyst) and David Wells (analyst)

1 p.m. (ET) New York Yankees @ New York Mets
Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., July 10
1:30 p.m. (ET) Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies
Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analyst)

Sun., July 17
1:00 p.m. (ET) Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

CBS nets Air Force/Navy Football

From CBS Sports -

AIR FORCE - NAVY FOOTBALL GAME MOVES TO CBS

CBS Sports to Broadcast Service Academy Showdown on Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 NOON, ET


The Air Force at Navy football game on Saturday, Oct. 1 has been moved to 12:00, NOON, ET and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports, it was announced today. The game, which will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., was previously scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network at 3:30 PM, ET.

CBS Sports will now broadcast a tripleheader on October 1 with two SEC football games following Air Force at Navy. COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, will air from 3:00-3:30 PM, ET. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 1
Air Force at Navy 12:00 NOON, ET
College Football Today 3:00-3:30 PM, ET
SEC Game of the Week #1 3:30 PM, ET
SEC Game of the Week #2 8:00 PM, ET

Ortiz to captain AL HR Derby Team

I'm loving the new rules of this year's HR Derby at the All-Star Game! David Ortiz and Prince Fielder are captains of the AL and NL. They get to pick 3 players of their choosing and the players DON'T have to be All-Stars.

I'm digging it! Here's the release from MLB:

Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox have been named the first-ever captains of the National League and American League squads for the 2011 Home Run Derby.

Ortiz is the defending champion, having won the 2010 Home Run Derby in Anaheim, while Fielder won the previous year in St. Louis. The 2011 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix at 8 p.m. (ET).

A new element of this year’s Derby format will be the team competition between the American League and National League. Fielder and Ortiz will each determine the other three participants on their teams and will personally extend the invitations. All players are eligible to participate in the Home Run Derby, not only those named to All-Star rosters. Each of the captains will select a charity of their choice which they will be hitting for during the Derby.

State Farm and Major League Baseball will donate a significant amount of money for charity through the event. The donations will be made as follows:

• $150,000 will be awarded to the winning captain's charity in his name

• $100,000 will be awarded to Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) in the name of the winning captain.

* $25,000 will be awarded to the charity of the captain of the losing team in his name.

Can you say lockout NBA?

It's official - the NBA is now joining the NFL on lockout duty!

It all begins tonight at 11:59pm after talks have gone south again today.

Click here for more from the Salt Lake Tribune.

Don't expect this one to get resolved in time for the season like the NFL season will.

Red Sox release Mike Cameron

The Red Sox have released outfielder Mike Cameron today, according to various reports of Philadelphia.

Cameron hit just.219 with 7 HR's and 24 RBI's in two seasons with the Red Sox.  In 33 games this season, Cameron hit only .149 with 3 homers and 9 RBI's.

Yamaico Navarro gets the call from Pawtucket to take his spot on the roster.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mets/Yankees highlights MLB Fox Saturday

From Fox Sports -


Subway Series Showdown & Windy City Clash Highlight
FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL at 4:00 PM ET

MLB Classic All-Star Moments Down To Final Four


SUBWAY SERIES & WINDY CITY SHOWDOWN HIGHLIGHT FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL – Crosstown and interstate rivalries are the focus of the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK on Saturday, July 2 (4:00 PM ET).  The National League’s leading hitter, Jose Reyes, guides the Mets into a battle with Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and the slugging New York Yankees. Reyes is putting up one of his finest seasons, leading the NL in batting, hits, runs, triples and is second in stolen bases. In Chicago, nothing revs up fans’ emotions quite like Cubs vs. White Sox. Ozzie Guillen’s men hold the upper hand in both the 2011 standings and recent success as they visit their Northside brethren at Wrigley Field. The MLB 2011 season takes on a new shape as both the Indians and Reds find themselves in the thick of playoff races when they faceoff this Saturday on FOX. Cincinnati hitting stars Jay Bruce and Joey Votto lead the Reds hit brigade against sinkerballer Fausto Carmona.

The MLB on FOX pregame originates live from Wrigley Field in Chicago, with host Chris Rose.  Once game action begins, Rose joins Kenny Albert and Eric Karros as a field reporter.  

For instant updates throughout the week and during games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX.  Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports.

New York Yankees at New York Mets  (79% of nation)                     
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver  & Ken Rosenthal
Citi Field – Flushing, NY
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers:  TBA vs. Dillon Gee, RHP (8-1, 3.32 ERA)

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (10% of nation)                           
Kenny Albert & Eric Karros                   
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL                                              
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis
Probable Pitchers: Philip Humber, RHP (7-4, 2.89 ERA) vs. Matt Garza, RHP (4-6, 4.07 ERA)

Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds  (10% of nation)                       
Thom Brennaman & Mark Grace        
Great American Ballpark– Cincinnati, OH                                  
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis
Probable Pitchers: Fausto Carmona, RHP (4-10, 5.89 ERA) vs. Homer Bailey, RHP (3-2, 3.86 ERA)
  
KLAPISCH: ARE THE YANKEES BETTER OFF WITHOUT JETER? – FOXSports.com writer Bob Klapisch questions if the Yankees are better off without Derek Jeter:  “No one in the organization will touch that question — at least not now, and certainly not on the record — but the team’s overall surge in the last two weeks has left officials wondering what to do with the aging captain when he finally comes off the disabled list,” writes Klapisch.  “Unless Jeter experiences a quick and dramatic turnaround, his return to the lineup will create the worst-possible dilemma for Joe Girardi. Not only is Jeter expecting to be reinstalled as the everyday shortstop, he intends to bat in the leadoff spot, too. Statistically, Jeter should be at the bottom of the batting order — of the Yankees’ nine starters, he ranked seventh in on-base percentage. However as one member of the organization put it, “I’d be very, very surprised” if Jeter made any such concession to his manager.”

To read Klapisch’s full column, please visit http://tinyurl.com/3fctmnp.

MLB’S TOP ALL-STAR MOMENT COMES DOWN TO THE FINAL FOUR – Four (two American League and two National League) All-Star classic moments remain with one to be named as the favorite in All-Star Game history. This week’s bracket determines each League’s moment representative with Ted Williams’ walk-off home run facing off with Cal Ripken Jr. for the AL title and Carl Hubbell’s five strikeouts and Stan Musial’s game-winning home run in 1955 vie for the NL crown.  During this weekend’s FOX SATURDAY GAME OF THE WEEK coverage, each League’s winner is announced and fans can begin voting for their favorite All-Star moment of all-time.  The Midsummer Classic with the top moment revealed during the 82nd MLB All-Star Game, broadcast exclusively on FOX on Tuesday, July 12 (8:00 PM ET).


Voting Periods:

          Round Three (4 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 2
          Round Four (2 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, July 9

BTN WELCOMES HUSKERS WITH THREE DAYS OF NEBRASKA PROGRAMMING – The Big Ten Network rolls out the red carpet as the University of Nebraska officially joins the Big Ten Conference this Friday. To celebrate, BTN dedicates three days of programming to the Cornhuskers kicking off Friday, July 1 (12:00 PM ET) with Big Ten Welcomes Nebraska, an hour-long special from BTN studios in Chicago.  The program introduces Big Ten fans to the history and tradition of Nebraska athletics, as Cornhusker icons Trev Alberts, Tommie Frazier, Johnny Rodgers and others share their thoughts on what football means to the state of Nebraska and Husker fans nationwide. The show also includes exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, football coach Bo Pelini, men’s basketball coach Doc Sadler, baseball coach Darin Erstad and others.  Hosted by Dave Revsine, Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall, Big Ten Welcomes Nebraska features analysis from Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy.

A full programming schedule for the weekend can be found at www.bigtennetwork.com/schedule.

THREE-WAY BATTLE HEATS UP MOTOCROSS TOUR AS IT HITS HALFWAY MARK – It’s an exciting three-way battle for the title as the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series hits its halfway point this weekend with the Rockstar Energy RedBud National from Buchanan, MI airing live on FUEL TV Saturday, July 2 (1:00 PM ET). Chad Reed (Kurri Kurri, Australia) holds on to the overall points lead in the 450 Class with 223 points, but the 2010 Champ Ryan Dungey (Belle Plaine, Minnesota) moved closer with a win last weekend in Lakewood, Colorado.

MLB Programming back on CBS

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR STEPS UP TO THE PLATE WITH “MLB MIDSEASON REPORT” ON SATURDAY, JULY 2

CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR features MLB MIDSEASON REPORT PRESENTED BY STATE FARM on Saturday, July 2 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET). Host Matt Winer is joined by analysts David Wells, Cal Ripken Jr. and Dennis Eckersley, who breakdown the biggest stories from the first half of the 2011 season, including the Dodgers ownership situation, the Red Sox turnaround, managerial changes, collisions at home plate, injuries to key players and more. The show also features an interview with Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, as well as midseason awards and playoff predictions.

CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR GOES YARD WITH “2011 TD AMERITRADE HOME RUN DERBY” ON SUNDAY, JULY 3

CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR presents “2011 TD AMERITRADE HOME RUN DERBY” on Sunday, July 3 (2:00 PM, ET; taped 6/2/11) from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. This second annual event showcases eight of the nation’s premier power hitters facing off in an elimination style format. Competitors include Victor Roache (Georgia Southern University), the nation’s No. 1-ranked home run hitter, Daniel Aldrich (College of Charleston), Andrew Rash (Virginia Tech University), Doug Shribman (Bucknell University), Dylan Pratt (East Tennessee University), Joey DeMichele (Arizona State University) and Connor Harrell (Vanderbilt University). Baseball legends Paul Molitor and Joe Carter serve as honorary hitting coaches. Play-by-play announcer Adam Zucker is joined by former Major League Baseball All-Star Frank Thomas to call the action.

A 4th of July Tradition Continues - Hot Dogs on ESPN

From ESPN -



ESPN to Televise Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest
First-Ever Women’s Championship Live Exclusively on ESPN3.com

For the eighth consecutive year, ESPN will televise the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest from Coney Island, N.Y., Monday at 12 p.m. ET.  Paul Page will provide bite-by-bite commentary with Major League Eating’s Shea brothers (Rich and George) and reporter Renee Herlocker. The competition will also be available live via ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.

The one-hour telecast will include the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest featuring eaters from around the world including American Joey Chestnut, who has won the previous four events. Chestnut is the world record holder having consumed 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes during the 2008 competition.

In addition to the men’s contest, the first-ever Women’s Championship will be held live at 11:30 a.m. exclusively on ESPN3.com.  Highlights of the competition will be shown during ESPN’s one-hour telecast.  Sonya Thomas, the women’s world record holder with 41 hot dogs and buns, is favored among the female competitors.

ESPN telecast highlights include:
§  a Sport Science piece on Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
o    outtakes according to host John Brenkus – the bite of competitive eaters measured at 280 pounds of force, stronger than that of a German Shepherd; competitive eaters dunk food in water, making it easier to chew and digest by essentially simulating saliva; competitive eaters stand and bounce up and down, using gravity to accelerate the process of moving food through the esophagus; Chestnut trains his stomach to increase by roughly 400 percent from its ordinary volume (one liter to four liters); and 30 hot dogs is the equivalent of 9,000 calories, meaning Chestnut can consume in five minutes the amount of calories the average person ingests in five days;
§  for the first time, a heart monitor placed on eater Pat Bertoletti, which will be checked three to four times during the 10-minute contest;
§  aerial shots from the Hangar One Blimp;
§  interactive viewer polling throughout the show.

Over the last five years, ESPN’s coverage of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has averaged a 1.1 rating and nearly 1.5 million viewers. It is regularly the network’s highest-rated and most-viewed program of the day.

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

NYM at DET 1:05 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 4-6, 4.78
DET: J Verlander (R) 10-3, 2.38

MIL at NYY 1:05 PM
MIL: R Wolf (L) 6-4, 3.20
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 10-4, 3.25

BOS at PHI 1:05 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 9-4, 3.66
PHI: C Hamels (L) 9-4, 2.49

SFO at CHC 2:20 PM
SFO: M Cain (R) 7-4, 3.22
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 6-4, 4.38

CHW at COL 3:10 PM
CHW: J Peavy (R) 4-1, 4.23
COL: A Cook (R) 0-3, 5.48

FLA at OAK 3:35 PM
FLA: C Volstad (R) 3-7, 5.42
OAK: T Cahill (R) 8-5, 3.09

STL at BAL 7:05 PM
STL: J Garcia (L) 6-3, 3.06
BAL: B Matusz (L) 1-3, 6.85

PIT at TOR 7:07 PM
PIT: J Karstens (R) 5-4, 2.66
TOR: B Cecil (L) 1-2, 6.86

TEX at HOU 8:05 PM
TEX: M Harrison (L) 6-6, 3.00
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 5-4, 3.21

Gonzalez in RF - Ortiz at 1B

The Red Sox have 1B Adrian Gonzalez in right field tonight in Philadelphia and get David Ortiz his first interleague start this season at first base.  Here are your line-ups:


Red SoxJacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, RF
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Josh Reddick, LF
Marco Scutaro, SS
John Lackey, P


Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Placido Polanco, 3B
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Shane Victorino, CF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Domonic Brown, RF
Brian Schneider, C
Vance Worley, P

POWERFUL - Herm Edwards talks at NFLPA Rookie Symposium

Herm is simply awesome! If these NFL rookies can't get excited and learn from Herm Edwards, there's something wrong with them.



Thanks to ESPN/NFLPA for the video.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Decisionmakers with Paterno & Coach K

From ESPN -

Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski Airs June 30

ESPN’s 90-minute special Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski – featuring an in-depth and candid discussion with legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski – will air Thursday, June 30, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and continue on ESPNU at 9 p.m.

ESPN college football and basketball studio and game announcer Rece Davis hosts the special, which was recorded on Monday, June 20 in front of an audience at Eisenhower Auditorium on the campus of Penn State. Participants include guests who have had personal experiences with each coach: Matt Millen and Michael Robinson, who played for Coach Paterno, and Jay Bilas and Jay Williams, who played for Coach Krzyzewski.

The special explores coaching, ethics, integrity, friendship, legacy, pressures and issues associated with intercollegiate athletics, working with student-athletes, and more. The program includes questions from the audience during the first hour on ESPN and audience member questions for the entire final 30 minutes on ESPNU.

Quotes from Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski:

Paterno on the challenges of NCAA rules compliance:
"I broke a rule the other day. We have an indoor place and the kids were working out. I walk by, stood there and watched them work out. Didn't talk to anybody or anything. I go back in the office and said to the staff, you know, so-and-so looked pretty good running. (A staffer said) 'Where'd you see him? You know you broke the rule.'"

Krzyzewski on why he stayed at Duke: "I've never made a career decision based on money. I've always made it for where I've had a passion, where I could feel good about it, and then you make money. But I love college sports and I love Duke."

Paterno on being an icon: "Tell me what is an icon? If you mean some good looking handsome (guy), I like it!"

Krzyzewski on his greatest moment of adversity: "Any day at practice with coach (Bob) Knight." (Krzyzewski played for Knight at Army).

Paterno on teaching: "I got hooked on seeing what some kids lacked, that I thought ‘gee, you know what? I know better than that.’ Maybe I didn't, but I thought I did. And I stuck my two cents in a lot of people’s lives, and at the time, I thought I was gonna get punched in the mouth!"

Krzyzewski on involving his daughters in the program:
"If you ask our players, they'll tell you that they're like sisters. They BETTER only be sisters!"
Paterno on what makes a great teacher: “A lot of different things, a lot of different ways to teach, a lot of different people have different personalities. I think a conviction that you have as a person that you think would be appropriate for young people looking for somebody to give them some direction. I think a good teacher has some empathy towards that. Tries to find out exactly if a kid has a problem, if he doesn’t have a problem. I think there are different types of people that need different responses. Sometimes you have to kick them in the rear end, other times you have to stroke them, other times give them a big kiss.”

24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz debuts on HBO

From HBO Sports -

HBO SPORTS’ 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ, A FOUR-EPISODE, ALL-ACCESS SERIES LEADING UP TO THE PAY-PER-VIEW SHOWDOWN AT THE MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS, DEBUTS AUG. 27, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

NEW YORK, June 28, 2011
– HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns in August for its tenth boxing installment with 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 27 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), the series will follow two elite fighters in one of boxing’s most competitive divisions as they prepare for their intriguing pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 17.

“ ‘24/7’ excels when there are great characters and compelling drama, and this fight has both,” noted Greenburg. “The return of Floyd Mayweather, with his larger-than-life personality, and the odyssey of Victor Ortiz, with his inspiring tale of perseverance and achievement, provide the perfect backdrop for this new edition of ‘24/7.’ ”

Episodes two and three of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ debut on subsequent Saturdays – Sept. 3 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) and 10 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) – while the finale debuts Friday, Sept. 16 (9:00-9:30 p.m.), the night before the high-stakes welterweight bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO.

24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews, as the fighters prepare for their 147-pound world title fight. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., the talented and opinionated Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) has evolved into a celebrated superstar, and now resides in Las Vegas. Kansas native Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) survived a turbulent upbringing and currently lives in Oxnard, Cal. He shocked the boxing world with a win over the previously undefeated Andre Berto on HBO last April, claiming a 147-pound title.

This fast-paced series will capture the interactions and rigors both men experience in preparing for their contest. Making his fifth “24/7” appearance, Mayweather is expected to surround himself with a familiar contingent of family and friends as he trains with trusted longtime trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather. Ortiz is making his “24/7” debut.

24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ is the latest installment of the acclaimed “24/7” franchise that began in 2007. At the 2011 Sports Emmy® Awards, “24/7” was recognized with two Emmys® for production excellence and is the most honored sports series on television over the past four years, earning 14 Sports Emmys®.

The St. Petersburg Times has noted, “The best sports reality show on television is HBO’s ‘24/7.’ ”

On Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), HBO Pay-Per-View presents “Mayweather vs. Ortiz,” live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The executive producers of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producers, Scott Boggins and Bentley Weiner; producer, Abtin Motia; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates.

Nascar on TNT doing well

From TNT Sports -

TNT NASCAR Summer Series Coverage Averaging Nearly 5.1 Million Viewers Through First Three Weeks of Coverage

TNT Coverage of the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Scores 17% increase with a 3.2 Overall U.S. HH Rating and Nearly 5.2 million viewers

TNT’s RaceBuddy Continues To Shine with 848,000 Video Streams, Up +211% from Last Year and +16% from Last Week as Sonoma Records Second-Highest Total in RaceBuddy History


The TNT NASCAR 2011 Sprint Cup Series is off to a solid start through the network’s first three weeks of racing with an average of 5,097,000 viewers, up +7% over the 2010 total season average, and a 3.1 U.S. HH rating (up +3%).

TNT’s coverage on Sunday of the Toyota/SaveMart 350 from Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway earned a 3.2 U.S. HH rating, an increase of 17% from last year’s race. In addition, the race garnered 5,188,000 total viewers (up + 16%) and averaged 3,743,000 households (up + 21%).

NASCAR.com’s RaceBuddy continues to complement TNT’s television coverage with 848,000 video streams during Sunday’s race in Sonoma. Sunday’s race eclipsed last year’s RaceBuddy video stream total from Sonoma by 211% and last week’s video stream total from Michigan by 16% and became the second-highest total in RaceBuddy history behind TNT’s first race of the 2011 Summer Series in Pocono that saw a record-breaking 1.1 million video streams.

Additional TNT RaceBuddy on NASCAR.COM highlights from Sunday include:

RaceBuddy Player Page Views +93%, (256,000 vs. 133,000 in 2010)
RaceBuddy Player Visits +94%, (142,000 vs. 73,000 in 2010)
RaceBuddy Player Unique Users +77%, (115,000 vs. 65,000 in 2010)
5 million total minutes streamed

No Ortiz again Tuesday for Red Sox in Philly

Here's your Red Sox line-up for tonight's interleague game in Philadelphia.  Again, no David Ortiz as Josh Beckett takes on Cliff Lee.

CF Ellsbury
2B Pedroia
1B Gonzalez
3B Youkilis
LF McDonald
C Varitek
RF Cameron
SS Scutaro
P Beckett

Ugh, the fill-ins!

Let's just suffice it to say that I've had to physically turn my radio off the past two days with the fill-ins on the various sportsradio stations in the area.

Let me just say that outside Sean McAdam or Dan Roche, both of who are very good, just don't cut it for me and yes, I'm talking about all stations here.

CM Punk ends RAW with AMAZING promo!

In case you missed it, it's a classic!



Thanks to the WWE/USA Network for the video.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

SFO at CHC 2:20 PM
SFO: R Vogelsong (R) 5-1, 1.86
CHC: D Davis (L) 1-6, 5.01

STL at BAL 7:05 PM
STL: K Lohse (R) 7-4, 2.91
BAL: Z Britton (L) 6-5, 3.19

NYM at DET 7:05 PM
NYM: R Dickey (R) 3-7, 3.76
DET: R Porcello (R) 6-5, 4.50

MIL at NYY 7:05 PM
MIL: Z Greinke (R) 7-2, 4.77
NYY: F Garcia (R) 6-6, 3.30

BOS at PHI 7:05 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 6-2, 1.86
PHI: C Lee (L) 8-5, 2.87

PIT at TOR 7:07 PM
PIT: K Correia (R) 9-6, 3.65
TOR: J Reyes (L) 3-6, 4.34

CIN at TAM 7:10 PM
CIN: J Cueto (R) 5-2, 1.63
TAM: D Price (L) 8-6, 3.51

TEX at HOU 8:05 PM
TEX: C Wilson (L) 7-3, 3.17
HOU: J Lyles (R) 0-2, 4.20

SFO at CHC 8:05 PM
SFO: B Zito (L) 0-1, 6.23
CHC: R Lopez (R) 0-1, 6.59

LAD at MIN 8:10 PM
LAD: T Lilly (L) 5-7, 4.63
MIN: B Duensing (L) 4-7, 4.54

CHW at COL 8:40 PM
CHW: G Floyd (R) 6-7, 4.31
COL: J Hammel (R) 4-7, 4.13

CLE at ARI 9:40 PM
CLE: J Tomlin (R) 9-4, 3.95
ARI: D Hudson (R) 9-5, 3.58

WAS at LAA 10:05 PM
WAS: J Marquis (R) 7-2, 3.53
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 3-3, 4.09

FLA at OAK 10:05 PM
FLA: J Vazquez (R) 4-7, 6.37
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 6-5, 2.59

KAN at SDG 10:05 PM
KAN: F Paulino (R) 0-5, 4.35
SDG: C Richard (L) 3-9, 4.21

ATL at SEA 10:10 PM
ATL: T Hanson (R) 8-4, 2.48
SEA: M Pineda (R) 7-4, 2.45

NBA Draft Ratings

From ESPN -
 
2011 NBA Draft Delivers Biggest Audience Ever on ESPN

ESPN’s telecast on June 23 of the 2011 NBA Draft Presented by Kia Motors was the most-viewed NBA Draft in 15 years and delivered the biggest audience since ESPN began televising the event in 2003. The telecast averaged a 2.4 rating and 3,202,000 viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen. The Draft capped off a 2010-11 campaign that included the second most-viewed NBA Finals since 2004 on ABC and the highest-rated and most-viewed NBA Finals Game 6 ever on the network; ESPN’s most-viewed NBA postseason ever; the highest-rated and most-viewed regular season on ESPN and ABC; and the largest audiences ever for the NBA on Christmas Day.

ESPN nets Red Sox/Phillies Wednesday night

From ESPN -

Potential World Series Preview: Phillies vs. Red Sox on Wednesday Night Baseball

Two of the most popular preseason World Series favorites – the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox – will collide this week on Wednesday Night Baseball beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Both clubs are in the thick of their division races with the Phillies enjoying a five-game lead atop the NL East, and the Red Sox neck-and-neck with the New York Yankees in the AL East. Dave O’Brien will call the game with analyst Nomar Garciaparra and reporter Pedro Gomez. Wednesday Night Baseball – part of the AL/NL Showdown presented by State Farm - is also available on ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.

TNT hits the primetime Nascar circuit

From TNT Sports -


TNT’s Groundbreaking Wide Open Coverage Returns for its Fifth Year in Primetime at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola

Wide Open coverage hasn’t missed a total lap of green flag racing over the past two years

TNT’s innovative Wide Open television format will return for the fifth consecutive year during the network’s exclusive coverage of the primetime Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 2.  The network’s Wide Open coverage debuted during the 2007 Daytona 400 race and has resulted in only nine missed laps of green flag racing in four years, and zero laps in the last two races.  The groundbreaking format provides continuous race coverage free of national commercial breaks and features more than 20% unobstructed race action, than that of a standard telecast, by using a letterbox widescreen format, which allows for a continuous scroll of race information.  In place of the national ads, the telecast features a variety of animated sponsor messages, unique branded content and distinct on-screen graphic elements.

The six national sponsors featured in this year’s innovative telecast include Coke Zero, Coors Light, Pfizer, Sprint, Toyota, Warner Brothers Films’ Horrible Bosses and Crazy, Stupid, Love.  This video model has proven successful for advertisers during previous coverage. According to Nielsen IAG Research, advertisements featured during the 2010 TNT NASCAR Wide Open Coverage race delivered a 68% brand recall score, a significantly higher recall score when compared to standard ads featured during sports and NASCAR coverage.

No stranger to televising NASCAR racing with uninterrupted coverage, Turner was the first network to use side-by-side coverage in 2000 during the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Race on Oct. 8 in Charlotte with TBS’ “No Breaks Coverage.” 

“We look forward to our fifth consecutive year of providing viewers with continuous green flag racing and more information on the 43 drivers in the field for the signature race of TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series,” said Jeff Behnke, Executive Producer/Senior Vice President of Turner Sports.  “Through TNT and NASCAR.COM, we look forward to providing race fans with an all-access pass to all the sights and sounds of our primetime race in Daytona.”

The network will rev up its pre-race coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green delivered by Pizza Hut with Lindsay Czarniak (host) and Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds (analysts).  TNT’s acclaimed Pride of NASCAR series will feature a profile of the three-time National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year Cale Yarborough who won the Daytona 500 four times (1968, 1977, 1983 and 1984).  Joining the studio show prior to the race will be No. 29 Kevin Harvick for an interview to talk about his season. Other pre-race features include McReynolds in a wind tunnel with No. 14 Tony Stewart’s crew chief Darian Grubb to explain how the two-car draft works and why it’s important at Daytona International Speedway.

TNT will air the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET) with play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander calling the race alongside analysts Petty and Wally Dallenbach in the booth.  In addition, McReynolds will make frequent contributions from the infield as he breaks down crew strategy and analyzes car adjustments using the TNT Offtrack Robotic Car (TORC) presented by Toyota.   Pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider and Matt Yocum will provide reports throughout the race.

TNT RaceBuddy on NASCAR.COM will once again provide live companion coverage online.  Fans can choose from a total of ten camera views, including two Mosaics.  Eight individual camera angles include four In-Car Driver Cams, two Battle Cams highlighting head-to-head competition between drivers, a Backstretch Cam and a Pit Road Cam.  The two Mosaic Views allow fans to view four streams at once.  Returning features to the site include the DVR Function, an Enhanced LIVE Leaderboard and RaceView’s position tracker:  Fans can also connect throughout the race on Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger and MySpace in a seamlessly-integrated social media experience.

HBK returns to WWE RAW tonight

The WWE is in Las Vegas tonight for the return of RAW Roulette and an HBK sighting!

Here's the preview from WWE.com:

Shawn Michaels Appears
Raw Roulette
Evan Bourne vs. Sin Cara


The RAW Roulette choices are:

WWF Blast from the Past Match
Steel Cage Match
Pillow Fight
Lumberjack Match
Handicap Match
Song and Dance Match
Submission Match
Trading Places Match
Strange Bedfellows Match
Special Guest Referee Match
Tables Match
No DQ Match
Pole Match
Bodyslam Match
Player's Choice Match
Tornado Match
Blindfold Match
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Flag Match
Mystery Match

Dodgers file for bankruptcy

Take that Bud Selig!

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy protection Monday.  Owner Frank McCourt says the move is intended to keep the team solvent and hold off a takeover from Major League Baseball.

Click here to read more from the LA Times.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

COL at CHC 2:20 PM
COL: J Chacin (R) 8-4, 2.71
CHC: M Garza (R) 3-6, 4.11

TOR at DET 6:05 PM
TOR: Z Stewart (R) 0-1, 5.91
DET: M Scherzer (R) 9-3, 4.61

CIN at TAM 7:10 PM
CIN: M Leake (R) 6-4, 4.19
TAM: J Hellickson (R) 7-6, 3.09

LAD at MIN 8:10 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 6-6, 4.48
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 6-5, 3.15

CLE at ARI 9:40 PM
CLE: M Talbot (R) 2-4, 4.91
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 8-2, 2.90

WAS at LAA 10:05 PM
WAS: J Lannan (L) 5-5, 3.40
LAA: E Santana (R) 3-8, 4.22

KAN at SDG 10:05 PM
KAN: J Francis (L) 3-8, 4.76
SDG: M Latos (R) 4-8, 4.22

ATL at SEA 10:10 PM
ATL: B Beachy (R) 2-1, 3.22
SEA: E Bedard (L) 4-5, 2.93

Ortiz sits again - Red Sox Sunday Line-up

Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Drew RF
Saltalamacchia C
Reddick LF
Scutaro SS
Miller LHP

It's back! True Blood returns tonight!

Season 4 gets underway Sunday night at 9pm on HBO!

Red Sox fall out of 1st Place

Not exactly what we thought we'd see after playing the Padres and Pirates, but now it's two Interleague Series losses to San Diego and Pittsburgh and a trip to 2nd place in the AL East for the Red Sox.

NY Yankees 44 31 .587 -
Boston 44 32 .579 0.5
Tampa Bay 43 34 .558 2.0
Toronto 38 39 .494 7.0
Baltimore 34 40 .459 9.5

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

ARI at DET 1:05 PM
ARI: J Saunders (L) 4-7, 4.35
DET: B Penny (R) 5-6, 4.80

CIN at BAL 1:35 PM
CIN: H Bailey (R) 3-1, 3.00
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 2-9, 3.79

OAK at PHI 1:35 PM
OAK: J Outman (L) 3-1, 2.86
PHI: R Halladay (R) 9-3, 2.51

BOS at PIT 1:35 PM
BOS: A Miller (L) 0-0, 4.76
PIT: J McDonald (R) 5-4, 4.86

COL at NYY 2:05 PM
COL: J Nicasio (R) 2-1, 4.71
NYY: I Nova (R) 7-4, 4.13

TAM at HOU 2:05 PM
TAM: J Niemann (R) 2-4, 4.82
HOU: J Happ (L) 3-9, 5.33

WAS at CHW 2:10 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 4-8, 3.97
CHW: P Humber (R) 7-3, 2.90

CHC at KAN 2:10 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 1-1, 5.70
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 4-8, 4.97

MIN at MIL 2:10 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 5-5, 4.05
MIL: C Narveson (L) 4-5, 4.55

TOR at STL 2:15 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 6-7, 2.98
STL: K McClellan (R) 6-3, 3.73

NYM at TEX 3:05 PM
NYM: D Gee (R) 7-1, 3.21
TEX: D Holland (L) 6-2, 4.69

ATL at SDG 4:05 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 6-6, 3.73
SDG: C Luebke (L) 1-2, 3.23

LAA at LAD 4:10 PM
LAA: J Weaver (R) 9-4, 2.01
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 7-3, 3.01

CLE at SFO 8:00 PM
CLE: F Carmona (R) 4-9, 5.98
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 3-9, 4.06

SEA at FLA 10:10 PM
SEA: D Fister (R) 3-8, 3.34
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 6-1, 2.90

WWE releases Chavo Guerrero

It's time for Chavo Guerrero to say goodbye to the WWE.  It's at his request and yes, he's bitter about it.

Here's what he said on his Twitter account:

"Yes, it's true. My release is the big news I was talking about. But let's get something straight. Iasked for my release. I was just tired of not being used correctly. Just cuz u can make other ppl look good, doesn't mean they should just have u lose to them. The same thing happened to Eddie. After being champ, they still had him working mid card status.

Being a Guerrero, we've been taught since diapers to get the most out of ppl & matches. It's our gift, but also our curse. WWE has always used us to make other ppl look good. It all comes down to being happy. I was not happy in WWE anymore. I had a smile on my face last night though when I got my release though! :) now it's time for me to start being a Guerrero again, and start kicking ass again, be able to tell stories in the ring like u know we can. :) win or lose I will never go back to the place WWE put me in. I will never go back to being under utilized and watching ppl who suck get bigger "pushes" than me!

Thank u to all of u who stuck by me & kept reminding me, I was better than that! :) stay tuned.. Big things coming!! Now I will really be able to entertain u! :) like me or hate me, 1 thing I have always tried to do is entertain u and give u fans your $ worth. Even if my hands were tied most of the time. I love u all and can't wait for the future!! So happy. :)"

As for the WWE, we get the standard departing notice:

"World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of WWE SmackDownSuperstar Chavo Guerrero as of today, June 25, 2011. We wish Guerrero the best in all future endeavors."

Friday, June 24, 2011

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

COL at NYY 1:05 PM
COL: A Cook (R) 0-2, 4.67
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 9-4, 3.39

WAS at CHW 4:10 PM
WAS: T Gorzelanny (L) 2-5, 4.53
CHW: J Danks (L) 3-8, 4.29

NYM at TEX 4:10 PM
NYM: J Niese (L) 6-6, 3.70
TEX: A Ogando (R) 7-2, 2.66

LAA at LAD 4:10 PM
LAA: T Chatwood (R) 4-4, 3.84
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 5-8, 3.07

CLE at SFO 4:10 PM
CLE: J Masterson (R) 5-5, 3.18
SFO: M Cain (R) 6-4, 3.44

CIN at BAL 7:05 PM
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 6-6, 4.86
BAL: B Matusz (L) 1-2, 5.60

ARI at DET 7:05 PM
ARI: J Collmenter (R) 4-3, 2.09
DET: J Verlander (R) 9-3, 2.54

TAM at HOU 7:05 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 6-5, 4.57
HOU: B Norris (R) 4-5, 3.26

OAK at PHI 7:05 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 7-5, 3.24
PHI: C Hamels (L) 9-3, 2.51

BOS at PIT 7:05 PM
BOS: T Wakefield (R) 4-2, 4.26
PIT: J Karstens (R) 4-4, 2.54

CHC at KAN 7:10 PM
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 6-4, 4.50
KAN: D Duffy (L) 1-2, 5.03

MIN at MIL 7:10 PM
MIN: F Liriano (L) 4-6, 4.59
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 8-4, 4.11

TOR at STL 7:15 PM
TOR: C Villanueva (R) 4-1, 3.17
STL: J Garcia (L) 6-2, 3.19

ATL at SDG 8:35 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 9-3, 2.11
SDG: D Moseley (R) 2-6, 3.02

SEA at FLA 10:10 PM
SEA: J Vargas (L) 5-4, 3.75
FLA: C Volstad (R) 2-7, 5.65

Friday Three-for-All: The Smokin' Hot Edition

There's no explanation needed for this week's Three-for-all! Simply, it's Eliza, Eva and Olivia! Enjoy!



Ortiz sits - Gonzalez at 1B vs. Pirates

In the first of nine games in National League ballparks, it's David Ortiz who gets to sit out Friday night against the Pirates. Here's your line-ups:

Red Sox

CF Ellsbury
2B Pedroia
1B Gonzalez
3B Youkilis
LF McDonald
RF Cameron
C Varitek
SS Scutaro
P Lester

Pirates
LF Tabata
3B d'Arnaud
CF McCutchen
2B Walker
RF Diaz
1B Overbay
SS Cedeno
C McKenry
P Maholm

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Celtics trade out, draft Johnson

The Celtics moved out of their 25th pick in tonight's NBA Draft, trading down to 27 after a trade with New Jersey nets them a future 2nd round pick and an exchange of the first round picks.

The Celtics picked Providence's Marshon Brooks for NJ at 25 while the Nets picks Purdue's JaJuan Johnson at 27 for Boston.

Johnson's a 6'10" big man who can run the floor, block shots and play some good pick'n'roll basketball, something the Celtics love to do.

Read more on Johnson in his profile on ESPN.


Brooks, who many mock drafts had going as early as 15, gets some needed playing time in NJ instead of sitting on Boston's bench due to his lack of defensive skills.

4 Things I Love Today!

Five things I love today....

1. This trailer for "Bad Teacher!" WARNING - it's for mature audiences only for graphic language.



2. Jim Riggleman's Stand against the Nats - It may not have been the best financial decision, but I love when people make a stand and follow it up. Riggleman said he would walk away from the Nationals, winners of 11 of 12 (including today's 1-0 walkoff win over Seattle) if he didn't have a contact extension by game's end. The Nats won, no contract and he walked.

3. The pre-NBA Draft buzz! Plus, social media makes it so much better than it was too!

4. Jay Bilas talking about...anything. He's just that good. Plus, he's the only reason to watch ESPN's Draft Coverage.

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

CIN at BAL 7:05 PM
CIN: E Volquez (R) 4-3, 5.61
BAL: C Jakubauskas (R) 2-0, 5.14

ARI at DET 7:05 PM
ARI: Z Duke (L) 1-2, 4.66
DET: P Coke (L) 1-7, 3.95

COL at NYY 7:05 PM
COL: U Jimenez (R) 2-7, 4.68
NYY: A Burnett (R) 7-5, 4.05

OAK at PHI 7:05 PM
OAK: G Moscoso (R) 2-3, 3.30
PHI: V Worley (R) 2-1, 3.41

BOS at PIT 7:05 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 9-3, 3.70
PIT: P Maholm (L) 3-8, 3.29

NYM at TEX 8:05 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 4-5, 4.70
TEX: M Harrison (L) 5-6, 3.16

TAM at HOU 8:05 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 7-4, 2.40
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 5-3, 2.88

WAS at CHW 8:10 PM
WAS: J Zimmermann (R) 5-6, 3.08
CHW: E Jackson (R) 4-6, 4.47

CHC at KAN 8:10 PM
CHC: R Dempster (R) 5-6, 5.46
KAN: B Chen (L) 4-1, 3.59

MIN at MIL 8:10 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 5-4, 3.24
MIL: R Wolf (L) 5-4, 3.15

TOR at STL 8:15 PM
TOR: B Morrow (R) 3-4, 5.02
STL: J Westbrook (R) 6-4, 5.16

ATL at SDG 10:05 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 3-5, 4.10
SDG: T Stauffer (R) 2-5, 3.13

LAA at LAD 10:10 PM
LAA: D Haren (R) 6-5, 2.96
LAD: R De La Rosa (R) 3-1, 4.58

SEA at FLA 10:10 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 7-6, 3.34
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 4-3, 4.48

CLE at SFO 10:15 PM
CLE: C Carrasco (R) 7-3, 3.87
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 4-5, 3.71

Bruins-Flyers open 2011-12 NHL season

he NHL has announced its 2011-12 season schedule and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins will open it at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Click here to read more of the highlights from the NHL. 

Click here for the Boston Bruins full schedule. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Football Cops" - Peyton's Back!

Peyton Manning back on the small screen = pure gold!

Here's a sneak peek of the DirecTV show "Football Cops," coming this fall. Click here to find out more!

Footloose: Then and Now!

First the remake...


And then, the original...

Interleague Play hits MLB Fox Saturday

From Fox Sports -

Interleague Action Anchored By Mets/Rangers; Indians/Giants Saturday at 4:00PM ET

Eight MLB All-Star Classics Still Vying for Title of Best Moment

Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Pete Rose and Cal Ripken Jr. Among Candidates

INTERLEAGUE PLAY CONTINUES ON FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL
– For the second consecutive weekend, the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK features interleague action with four matchups on Saturday, June 25 (4:00 PM ET). Jose Reyes and the New York Mets head to Texas to take on Josh Hamilton’s AL West leading Rangers. The Washington Nationals look to continue their hot streak in Chicago, facing Paul Konerko and the White Sox. In Los Angeles, crosstown rivals square off with the Angels heading to Dodger Stadium to take on Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. As the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants host Asdrubal Cabrera and the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians in an exciting matchup in the Bay Area. The MLB on FOX pregame originates live from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins Dick Stockton and Eric Karros as a field reporter.

For instant updates throughout the week and during games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.

New York Mets at Texas Rangers (50% of nation)
Kenny Albert, Mark Grace
Rangers Ballpark – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE:
Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, San Antonio, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Jon Niese, LHP (6-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. Alexi Ogando, RHP (7-2, 2.66 ERA)

Cleveland Indians at San Francisco Giants (31% of nation)
Jose Mota, Mitch Williams & Ken Rosenthal
AT&T Park– San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis
Probable Pitchers: Justin Masterson, RHP (5-5, 3.18 ERA) vs. Matt Cain, RHP (6-4, 3.44 ERA)

Washington Nationals at Chicago White Sox (12% of nation)
Josh Lewin, Sean Casey
AT&T Park– San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE
: Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Richmond, Washington
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. John Danks, LHP (3-8, 4.29 ERA)

LA Angels of Anaheim at LA Dodgers (6% of nation)
Dick Stockton, Eric Karros
Dodger Stadium– Los Angeles, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE:
Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Probable Pitchers: Tyler Chatwood, RHP (4-4, 3.84 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (5-8, 3.07 ERA)

WILLIAMS, MUSIAL, RIPKEN, ROSE BATTLE IN NEXT ROUND TO NAME GREATEST MOMENT IN ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY - Eight (four American League and four National League) All-Star moments remain in the quest to crown the fan’s favorite moment in All-Star Game history. This week’s bracket matchups pit such stellar moments as the six straight all-star strikeouts by Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden vs. Carl Hubbell striking out five consecutive Hall of Famers. Each week during coverage of FOX’s SATURDAY GAME OF THE WEEK, winners of the previous round are announced and fans can vote for the next round’s matchup. One AL and one NL moment face-off in the final week leading into the Midsummer Classic with the top moment revealed during the 82nd MLB All-Star Game, broadcast exclusively on FOX on Tuesday, July 12 (8:00 PM ET).

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The voting periods will be as follows:

Round Two (8 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 18 – Saturday, June 25
Round Three (4 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 2
Round Four (2 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, July 9

WHAT TIE WILL ROSETHAL WEAR TO SALUTE OUR TROOPS? VOTE ON FOXSPORTS.COM
– The fan-designed bow ties supporting our troops are in and we’re one step closer to deciding which bow tie MLB on FOX reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal wears on the final regular-season broadcast of 2011. The field, which started with the top 32 designs submitted in the Bow Ties for the Troops Tournament, has now been cut in half. Fans can vote for their favorite design through Thursday, July 7 at http://msn.foxsports.com/other/page/Rosenthals-Bow-Tie-Bracket. Rosenthal wears the winning bow tie during the September 24 MLB on FOX SATURDAY GAME OF THE WEEK. The MLB insider has been rocking a bow tie every week this season in support of NFL player Dhani Jones’ Bowtie Cause initiative. For more information on the Bowtie Cause, visit www.bowtiecause.org.

JON PAUL MOROSI: AL IS REAL PITCHING-DOMINANT LEAGUE – National MLB on FOX writer Jon Paul Morosi takes a look at pitching this season and comes up with one clear winner: the American League. “DH, no DH, whatever: Right now, the American League has better pitchers than the National League. For decades, it would have been absurd to make such a statement. Everyone knew the NL pitched and the AL hit. But times have changed. At some point this year, the Junior Circuit sneaked into his older brother’s room and stole his identity. Now the league with the DH rule is ruled by the pitchers.”

For Morosi’s full analysis, visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/josh-beckett-justin-verlander-james-shields-jered-weaver-American-League-is-real-pitching-dominant-league-062011.

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX ROLLS ONTO FOX SUNDAY – The European Grand Prix comes to FOX Sports on Sunday, June 26 (12:00 PM ET) from Valencia, Spain. Twisting through the America's Cup port, the Juan Carlos I Marina, Valencia is a relatively long track that consists of 25 turns, most of which are sweeping corners that give the circuit a fast and flowing nature. Last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel discusses the challenging course: “The circuit is a street circuit, but the average speed (200 km/h) is extremely high, so it’s tricky. In general you need a lot of wing for the corners and less for the relatively long straights, which means you have to find a compromise. There are no run-off zones, so you can’t make any mistakes - a small slide and you end up in the wall... Overtaking is difficult and the only real possibility is in Turn 12. We had a good race there last year and the car should be good. I’m looking forward to it.”

NO CLEAR FRONTRUNNER YET ON RED BULL X-FIGHTERS FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS TOUR
: The Red Bull X-Fighters Freestyle Motocross Tour heads to Rome for the second time in the history of the sport, airing on FUEL TV Sunday, June 26 (8:00 PM ET). There will be 50,000 spectators this year in the Stadio Olimpico, which was one of the venues of the 1990 World Cup soccer tournament. With two of six competitions held already, no clear frontrunner has emerged, with Spain’s Dany Torres taking the first stop in Dubai and American Nate Adams winning the second stop in Brazil.

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

SEA at WAS 1:05 PM
SEA: M Pineda (R) 7-4, 2.64
WAS: J Marquis (R) 7-2, 3.86

OAK at NYM 1:10 PM
OAK: G Godfrey (R) 1-0, 4.76
NYM: C Capuano (L) 5-7, 4.29

MIN at SFO 3:45 PM
MIN: B Duensing (L) 4-6, 4.82
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 5-6, 3.39

ARI at KAN 8:10 PM
ARI: D Hudson (R) 8-5, 3.56
KAN: F Paulino (R) 0-4, 4.10

PHI at STL 8:15 PM
PHI: R Oswalt (R) 4-5, 3.38
STL: C Carpenter (R) 1-7, 4.47

Thomas wins the Vezina Trophy!

As it should be, Bruins Stanley Cup winning goalie Tim Thomas nets the Vezina Trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.

Once again, Thomas tops Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo!

Congrats Timmy! That makes two Vezinas!

Read more from the Boston Herald.

Mike Francesa exposes Tiki Barber again as a fraud

I love this interview on WFAN!

Mike Francesa nails Tiki Barber, who had to have his agent on the line with him during the interview (how cowardly!) on so many fronts about his failures in the broadcast world and his comeback to the NFL.

Listen to it here on WFAN.

Patriot League games on CBS Sports Network

From CBS Sports Network -

Patriot League and CBS Sports Network Reach Multi-Year Television Agreement

Agreement Includes Telecast of League’s Men’s Basketball Championship


The Patriot League and CBS Sports Network announced today a multi-year television deal, in which the Network will air Patriot League’s men’s and women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and football.

The deal provides for a minimum of 12 Patriot League men’s basketball regular-season and tournament contests, including the men’s basketball championship, which will air on CBS Sports Network for the first time.

The Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship game will also be televised by CBS Sports Network, with additional coverage during the regular season. Coverage of the entire Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will be shown on the Network for the third consecutive year, with a minimum of four regular-season games also televised. In addition, at least two football games will be broadcast each season.

"We are excited for the opportunity to showcase multiple Patriot League sports and student-athletes on CBS Sports Network,” said Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich. “This comprehensive partnership positions the Patriot League with an emerging leader in collegiate sports for years to come and continues a long-standing relationship.”

“We are proud to expand our relationship with the Patriot League, which has been a valued programming partner of CBS Sports Network for many years,” said David Berson, Executive Vice President, CBS Sports and President, CBS Sports Network. “We look forward to continuing to tell the compelling stories of the Patriot League, its teams and student-athletes.”

The expanded partnership with CBS Sports Network provides the most far-reaching television contract in Patriot League history. More televised men’s basketball and football games will be shown in high definition, with CBS Sports Network holding the right to select additional sporting events. The Patriot League enters into its ninth consecutive year in partnership with CBS Sports Network.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

BAL at PIT 12:35 PM
BAL: Z Britton (L) 6-4, 3.10
PIT: K Correia (R) 8-6, 3.60

NYY at CIN 12:35 PM
NYY: F Garcia (R) 5-6, 3.63
CIN: M Leake (R) 6-3, 4.04

TOR at ATL 1:05 PM
TOR: J Reyes (L) 3-5, 4.18
ATL: B Beachy (R) 1-1, 3.45

SDG at BOS 1:35 PM
SDG: C Richard (L) 2-9, 4.35
BOS: J Lackey (R) 5-5, 7.02

TAM at MIL 2:10 PM
TAM: D Price (L) 7-6, 3.61
MIL: S Marcum (R) 7-2, 2.85

DET at LAD 3:10 PM
DET: R Porcello (R) 6-5, 4.18
LAD: T Lilly (L) 5-6, 4.26

COL at CLE 7:05 PM
COL: J Hammel (R) 4-6, 4.00
CLE: J Tomlin (R) 8-4, 3.93

SEA at WAS 7:05 PM
SEA: E Bedard (L) 4-4, 3.16
WAS: J Lannan (L) 4-5, 3.52

OAK at NYM 7:10 PM
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 6-5, 2.69
NYM: R Dickey (R) 3-7, 4.00

LAA at FLA 7:10 PM
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 3-3, 3.92
FLA: B Sanches (R) 3-1, 1.93

NYY at CIN 7:10 PM
NYY: B Gordon (R) 0-0, 3.38
CIN: J Cueto (R) 4-2, 1.68

HOU at TEX 8:05 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 3-6, 4.75
TEX: C Lewis (R) 6-7, 4.80

CHC at CHW 8:10 PM
CHC: D Davis (L) 1-5, 4.95
CHW: J Peavy (R) 2-1, 4.66

ARI at KAN 8:10 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 7-2, 2.98
KAN: J Francis (L) 3-7, 4.83

PHI at STL 8:15 PM
PHI: C Lee (L) 7-5, 3.12
STL: K Lohse (R) 7-3, 2.88

MIN at SFO 10:15 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 6-4, 3.16
SFO: R Vogelsong (R) 4-1, 1.92

Bryant Gumbel slams the USGA and the US Open

In tonight's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, Mr. Gumbel, as usual, pulls no punches as he slames the USGA and the US Open. Read and enjoy...

BRYANT GUMBEL CLOSING COMMENTARY

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL EPISODE #171 AIRS TONIGHT (6/21) @ 10:00 PM ET/PT


“Finally tonight, the U.S. Golf Association should be ashamed of itself. The same folks who like to claim they’re the caretakers of the game took a national championship that has always been revered, and this past weekend, made a mockery of it. Instead of setting up a U.S. Open course, as they always have, to identify the best player. They seem to have sought only to identify the most viewers.

Yes, the course they laid out was nominally long, but as even those who regularly shill from the game noted, they played the tees up, they thinned the rough, and they placed many of the pins in bowls that allowed many balls that were hit to a green to simply funnel to the hole from all directions.

In no way does this discredit the impressive and likeable Open winner, Rory McIlroy. That he finished with a score of 16-under par is remarkable, but that so many made it look like a local pitch-and-putt is an embarrassment. On Sunday, 20 golfers finished this U.S. Open under par. Twenty! That’s as many golfers that have finished under par in the last 12 Opens combined.

Look, as a rule, I don’t buy conspiracy theories. I don’t subscribe to suspicions about Roswell, the grassy knoll, and fake lunar landings. But I do believe USGA honchos sold out this weekend. Knowing the absence of Tiger Woods would cost them audience, I believe they decided to try to make up for it by enabling anyone who teed it up to go low in the hopes that lots of birdies would mean lots of viewers. That their Open plan instead generated lousy TV ratings that were down 26%, suggests that karma’s alive and well in the world of golf.”

Another reason why we love Michelle Beadle!

Gruden QB camp returns with Terrelle Pryor

From ESPN -

ESPN Announces Gruden’s QB Camp – Terrelle Pryor

One-hour special on Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET


ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden will conduct a one-on-one film session and workout with former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the hour-long special Gruden’s QB Camp – Terrelle Pryor on Thursday, June 30, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (re-airing at 10 p.m. on ESPN2). Excerpts from the special will be presented on SportsCenter beginning Monday, June 27.

An ESPN crew shot the Gruden-Pryor meeting Monday at Gruden’s office in Tampa and at the practice facility at the University of South Florida.

ESPN college football anchor Rece Davis will host the one-hour special. In addition to offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at Pryor’s film session with Gruden, Davis will provide a timeline and perspective on the events at Ohio State that forced head coach Jim Tressel’s resignation and eventually lead to Pryor’s decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and make himself eligible for the NFL’s supplementary draft.

Pryor is the latest NFL prospect to step into the film room at Gruden’s affectionately termed Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA) offices. ESPN’s Super Bowl-winning head coach turned MNF analyst has also met with NFL Draft prospects the past two years, including Heisman Trophy winners Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow. Gruden also conducted a similar session with Super Bowl XLIV champions Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton for Gruden's Champ Camp – A Visit with the Super Saints in August 2010.

Beckett scratched from Tuesday's start

Josh Beckett won't start Tuesday for the Red Sox. The team says he has "intestinal turmoil" and will be replaced by Alfredo Aceves against San Diego.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tim Thomas’ beard gone, but mustache survives

Good stuff! Read about it in the Boston Herald.

Tim Thomas’ beard gone, but mustache survives

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

COL at CLE 7:05 PM
COL: J Chacin (R) 8-4, 2.81
CLE: M Talbot (R) 2-4, 5.02

SEA at WAS 7:05 PM
SEA: D Fister (R) 3-8, 3.53
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 4-8, 3.77

BAL at PIT 7:05 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 2-8, 3.56
PIT: J McDonald (R) 5-4, 4.80

SDG at BOS 7:10 PM
SDG: M Latos (R) 4-8, 4.06
BOS: J Beckett (R) 6-2, 1.86

TOR at ATL 7:10 PM
TOR: Z Stewart (R) 0-0, 2.57
ATL: M Minor (L) 0-2, 5.47

NYY at CIN 7:10 PM
NYY: B Gordon (R) 0-0, 3.38
CIN: J Cueto (R) 4-2, 1.68

OAK at NYM 7:10 PM
OAK: J Outman (L) 2-1, 3.14
NYM: D Gee (R) 7-0, 2.86

LAA at FLA 7:10 PM
LAA: E Santana (R) 3-7, 4.25
FLA: J Vazquez (R) 3-7, 6.85

HOU at TEX 8:05 PM
HOU: J Lyles (R) 0-2, 4.30
TEX: C Wilson (L) 7-3, 3.03

CHC at CHW 8:10 PM
CHC: M Garza (R) 3-6, 4.14
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 6-5, 3.75

ARI at KAN 8:10 PM
ARI: J Saunders (L) 3-7, 4.50
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 4-7, 4.87

TAM at MIL 8:10 PM
TAM: J Hellickson (R) 7-5, 3.09
MIL: Z Greinke (R) 6-2, 5.23

PHI at STL 8:15 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 9-3, 2.56
STL: K McClellan (R) 6-3, 3.96

DET at LAD 10:10 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 9-2, 4.32
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 5-6, 4.65

MIN at SFO 10:15 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 4-5, 4.20
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 3-8, 3.21

Historic RAW for CM Punk?

Here's what CM Punk put on his Facebook page today about a possible historic WWE Monday Night RAW tonight:

"Last night at Capitol Punishment, I not only defeated Rey Mysterio...I also vowed to perform the most honest act in WWE History. Join me on tonight's Power to the People episode of Monday Night Raw, and witness the genesis of something monumental."

NBA.com all over the NBA Draft this week

From the NBA -


NBA Digital to Become Fan Destination for Coverage of
2011 NBA Draft Week presented by Kia Motors
NBA TV Coverage to Feature More than 150 Hours of Exclusive Draft-Focused Programming
                        
NBA Digital will provide fans with  all-access coverage  leading up to, and continuing throughout, the 2011 NBA Draft presented by Kia Motors from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Thursday, June 23NBA TV will cover its 12th consecutive NBA Draft featuring more than 150 hours of exclusive draft-focused programming. “Draft Week on NBA TV” began with 13 hours on Sunday and continues with 20 hours on Monday, 24-hour round-the-clock coverage Tuesday-Friday, June 21-24 and concludes with 22 hours on Saturday, June 25.  NBA.com will feature video interviews from draft prospects in the Green Room and social commentary via Facebook and Twitter and NBA Mobile will provide instant alerts and breaking news updates on draft picks through NBA Game Time, the league’s digital app.

NBA TV:
  • The 2011 NBA Draft Preview Presented by Kia Motors (Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m. ET): Host Rick Kamla and analysts Steve Smith, Sports Illustrated and SI.com's Seth Davis and NBA Insider David Aldridge will deliver analysis on draft picks, breaking news updates and storylines before selections are made.  Following the draft, the NBA TV crew will recap the draft picks during the 2011 NBA Draft Recap Presented by Kia Motors at Midnight (ET).  In addition to pre- and post-draft analysis, Matt Winer will host the Instant Analysis segment on key draft selections that will be available exclusively on NBA.com.

NBA.com:
  • Exclusive Video Interviews: Reporter Craig Sager will be live at Prudential Center to interview players moments after they have been selected in the draft. Each interview will be featured on NBA TV and NBA.com.
  • Live Chats: NBA.com writer John Schuhmann will be on-site and on-line to chat live with fans about activity surrounding the biggest night in a rookie’s career. 
  • Social Media Commentary: Social media correspondent LaChina Robinson will monitor the on-going conversation and provide updates via the NBA Facebook page (Facebook.com/nba) and Twitter account (www.twitter.com/nba).
  • Virtual Green Room: Featuring interviews conducted by Craig Sager, NBA.com will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the prospects as they go through their NBA indoctrination from touring New York City to being fitted for suits that they will wear on draft night to meeting with the media to the moments leading up to the NBA Draft presented by Kia Motors.

NBA Mobile:
  • Instant Alerts: NBA Game Time, the league’s digital app, will provide fans on-the-go with instant alerts on breaking news and draft updates.
During the week, additional studio programming will include:

  • To tip-off the week, NBA TV featured the “2011 NBA Draft Lottery Preview Show Presented by Kia Motors,” (Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET).  The one-hour show hosted by Rick Kamla with analysts Steve Smith and Greg Anthony focused exclusively on the 12 lottery selecting teams and provided a breakdown on each team’s potential picks. 

·         NBA Draft Prospect Park (Monday, June 20, 8 p.m. ET): Host Matt Winer, analyst Greg Anthony and sports journalist Chris Dortch will take a detailed look at the prospects from across the country and around the world.

·         The Jump on NBA.com Draft Special (Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 p.m. ET): During a special episode of The Jump on NBA.com host Kyle Montgomery, analysts Dennis Scott and Brent Barry and ‘chat-master’ Sekou Smith will provide a lighter approach on the 2011 NBA Draft presented by Kia MotorsFans can participate by submitting their comments via Twitter and Facebook while the crew will respond and give their comments and analysis on everything happening around the draft.  The Jump on NBA.com Draft Special will re-air on NBA TV at 5 p.m. ET.

·         NBA Draft: Coming Attractions (Wednesday, June 22, 8 p.m. ET): Host Marc Fein, analysts Brent Barry and Seth Davis will review the NBA.com “mock drafts” to anticipate possible selections for the draft.

·         NBA Draft Review (Friday, June 24, 7-9 p.m. ET): Host Matt Winer, Former Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach and Current Team Ukraine Head Coach Mike Fratello, NBA Insider David Aldridge and former NBA scout Ron Thompson break down each division team-by- team  to assess the impact of the draft.